Arbonne & Wellness: Why I Do Arbonne

arbonneandwellnessI have signed up to be an Arbonne Independent Consultant after about ten years of tossing the idea over in my mind. There’s so much stigma about house parties and “pyramid schemes” – and I care too much about what people think of me to do something like this, generally. So, I could only sell a product that I love and believe in. I have loved and believed in Arbonne’s message and their products for such a long time. They are my very favourite skincare brand and what I would choose to put on my skin over any other company.

For the past five years, I have decided that I reallllly wanted to do Arbonne. It’s a great fit for me because I often can’t work normal hours, and I definitely can’t work every day right now. But, Arbonne hadn’t come to New Zealand. I would check every few months. When I checked last October, I was stoked to see that the company had branched out to our little country!

There are really just three reasons I’ve started as an Arbonne Independent Consultant, though there are far more reasons others have, including the great benefits program and opportunities for stay at home moms to work from home. For me, personally, I give you…

Three Reasons I Choose to Sell Arbonne

 

1)      To help my husband.

 

My husband is the best. We started dating just a little bit before my body crashed and I started my journey as a victim of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. One of the first reasons I knew I wanted to stay with him is that he told me I would never have to work if I couldn’t or if I didn’t want to.

 

So, obviously, I want to do everything I can to help such a wonderful, generous man. The money I make with Arbonne will, hopefully, help pay for little things – like bills, groceries, and medical expenses. I want to make his job as my husband easier by lightening his load.

 

I always pushed away ideas about money, but it’s true. Money is the root of all evils – some of which are stress and anxiety. We want our marriage to have as little stress on it as possible because we want a good marriage. And so… Arbonne.

 

2)      To take care of myself.

 

Part of taking care of myself is looking after my body. It looks different for me than for other people.happybirthday-2

 

My family, Mark, and I have spent a lot of money getting me to a place where I could work in the first place. Some of this was getting rid of toxins, cutting out sugar, dairy, and lowering my gluten intake. I was careful what I was putting in my body and what I put on my body – no cheap makeup with nasty ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, acetone, phthalates, chemical fragrances, petroleum, yucky animal fat, harmful chemicals, aluminum, mercury, etc. I even had/have special deodorant and toothpaste. I needed refined sugar-free foods, and dairy-free drinks – and now I’m having to watch my PH balance and my soy intake so that includes an extra set of stuff to watch out for.

 

It’s nice to have a brand that I trust not to put any of ingredients that harm me into their products. Arbonne is cruelty-free, certified vegan, gluten-free, and botanically based, so I never have to worry about there being something in their products that will be detrimental to my health. And, for someone like me that has to look at the ingredients in everything, that’s HUGE.

 

Because of this, my body can maintain a natural detox as long as I’m careful of the other food I put inside of me. Arbonne helps me take care of myself. And I need all the help I can get.

 

3)      To help others.

 

Obviously, when you find something beneficial to you, you want others to have it. So I sell Arbonne and help clients find the cheapest possible way of buying the most premium level of products. Arbonne is a generous company, and I want to be a generous person. I don’t want to work for a company that makes me feel like just a saleswoman.

 

I want to help teens struggling with acne by introducing them to the “Clear Future” skincare range.

 

I want to show mothers and grandmothers the incredible “RE-9 Advanced” anti-aging skincare collection – because looking tired and feeling tired can have a solution. I use these products now and they help me feel like I glow on the outside as much as I am glowing on the inside.

 

I want to tell college students about the FC5 Hydrating Cleanser & Freshener (a face wash and toner in one) so that they can feel energized and beautiful during test weeks. I used this line of products all through college.

 

I want women to pamper themselves occasionally by using the “Seasource Detox Spa” line at home.

 

I want all women to know that makeup needs to show your natural beauty! Arbonne “CC Cream”, “Got You Covered Mineral Foundation”, and/or “Perfecting Liquid Foundation” protect your face while showing your true beauty. I don’t want to feel caked-up and fake. I want people to see me, just without the redness caused by environment and allergies.

 

I want men and women to use the Nutrition line of products because they help me feel clean from the inside out. The protein powder is incredible tasting and helps me feel nourished and satisfied.

 

There are many, many ways to help others. Arbonne is just one of them for me – and one that is worthwhile because it helps me help myself first, and then spreads out from there to help others.

Like most men, my husband has been quite wary of this new business plan. We live in a very, very expensive city, where we live in a house with other people and have a one-person income for two people. So I wanted something I could do to help him out, working the hours I felt well.

His question keeps coming up: “Do you want this to be a hobby or a job?”

And I see his point. And I think his point reflects how much I love Arbonne and the Arbonne Opportunity. You see, I want it to be both. I want to wear the products and be an Arbonne consumer. But I love it so much that I want other people to use it. The products, filled with pure, safe, and beneficial ingredients, make me feel good. And feeling good, most of the time, a commodity. I just want that commodity every day. And I want others to have that same feeling I experience when I use the skincare products, put on the makeup, or eat the nutrition bars and drink the protein shakes. I’m not a greedy person. I don’t know how to make money and I don’t really know how to manage money, which is bad. But if I can make a little money sharing something I love with others, then that’s a good thing.

Resolve Well: Body

matthew-1AH! It’s the first day of the year!!! Have you joined the gym, yet? Have you lost those ten pounds?! Too soon? Well, you’re not working hard enough, yet.

Haha, just kidding. Remember this year that your resolutions take time. Your body doesn’t magically change and get rid of all that pie you ate at Christmas or all that wine you drank last night.

This year, we don’t just want to make the same ‘ole New Year’s Resolutions. We want to resolve well. We want lifestyle changes to start now and perfect for the rest of our lives, adding to them, revising and editing every New Year because we get this amazing opportunity for a fresh start. We want holistic change – body, mind, and soul.

As I’ve already told you, I have a plan. It took me a couple of weeks to develop, but right now I feel like I’m on top of this year. Today, I’ll share with you my “Resolve Well: Body” plan. I hope it’s pretty simple because both you and me tend to over-complicate life.

My motto for 2017 is “Be well”. I will repeat it as often as I need to. So, everything I do, I want to connect to that. So, under the BODY category of wellness, I have three goals:

Three Goals for Body Wellness

 

1)      Eat well.

 

Eating well is a very, very difficult thing for most of us, I would venture to say. It’s a complex task these days because we have so many options – and the easiest option is not the healthiest. I want to make my “food resolutions” to be simple. So, for me, to eat well means…

 

  • Eat often. 4-5x a day, depending on how late I wake up 😉
  • Focus on getting lots of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats.
  • Make healthy snacks to have in my bag when I get hungry!

 

2)      Do well.

 

Being active is almost as hard as eating well. If you’re like me, it’s soooooo hard to exercise! And when I can exercise, I just want to do something else (anything else, really). I reckon we have a very bad view of exercise (probably comes from middle school athletics). Exercise doesn’t have to be jogging or lifting weights. Though, if you enjoy that, then great! A couple of weeks ago, my husband said I could join a gym because he remembered I enjoyed it last I joined one. I chose one that has lots of classes – like yoga and pilates – because I like the classes. But more importantly, the gym I chose has a HOT POOL! And hot pools are way up there with my favourite things – like sloths and coffee. So when I go to the gym, I can listen to my favourite music or a book on tape to keep my mind away from how boring the treadmill is… and then I can wash off and go relax in the sauna or the spa.

 

Both my husband and I enjoy nature. So camping and hiking gets me outdoors and gets me quality time with my husband (contributing to mind wellness at the same time!). We also just got a kayak for Christmas! Talk about an arm workout! Being out on the sea or in the harbor is therapy on a different level (contributing to spirit wellness!). What?! I can multitask with wellness?! That’s awesome!!!

 

  • Gym 3-4x/week.
  • Be outside (hike, kayak, picnic).
  • Hydrate with activity.

 

3)      Clean well.

 

Confession. I hate showers. I don’t remember a time that I enjoyed them. Mom would wake me up and tell me I’d feel better if I showered. No. It’s soooo much work! You have to shampoo and rinse and condition and rinse and shave your legs and armpits with shaving cream and then use soap and then rinse out the conditioner hoping the knots in your hair come untangled and then you have to get out and be ineffably cold until your hair dries, which is a longer process with curly hair because it has to air dry after putting gel or mousse or both in it. I have to actually psych myself up to shower and that takes energy. Energy is a commodity. There have been times in the past five years that I haven’t been able to shower because I couldn’t get out of bed. If you have or know someone who has CFS/ME, you’ll know what I’m talking about. There have been other times when I had to choose between getting out of the house and showering because I had to decide which output of energy was most important that day.

 

Because this is my year of wellness, I want to dream big. And if I’m going to dream big, I need to set goals. Here they are:

 

  • Take all my medicine every day.
  • Use great products – like Arbonne, Origins, or New Zealand Eco products.
  • Keep my gut healthy so that my body will be follow suit.

I’ve signed up to be an Arbonne Independent Consultant, so I have a whole range of Nutrition, Skincare, Makeup, and Toiletries at my fingertips. I’m using these products for all of January, but most of what I’ve purchased will last me all year.

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Whelp, there ya have it. I’ll leave you with a list of resources here to help you along with your “well” journey.

My Arbonne Page – www.ashleyruthstirling.arbonne.com

A Little Sanctuary Pinterest Board – Adrenal Fatigue/CFS

Arbonne & Wellness: Why I Do Arbonne Post

30 of Health Living & Beyond PDF – Arbonne International